DO YOU LIKE SHAKESPEARE? WE DO!
The Shakespeare Company at UCLA is the only student-run classical theater company on campus. We welcome undergraduate and graduate students experience levels! If you have a passion for theater and Shakespeare - as an actor, director, designer, or stage hand - or if you're looking to get involved for the first time, we want you to join.
SCU productions are always free, aimed at providing accessible and exciting productions to the UCLA and greater Los Angeles community. Each year, we put on three to four full-length productions and an annual cabaret-style Evening of Shakespeare. In addition, we are continually increasing our number of student-written new works each year, with productions varying from staged readings to full shows.
WHAT WE DO
Shows! We put on at least one Shakespeare show per quarter. All shows are performed, designed, and directed by students. Students of all majors and backgrounds are welcome to audition and apply to direct or design! Check our Facebook page for announcements about auditions, applications, and other opportunities to get involved.
Workshops! Each quarter, we hold one to two workshops relating to Shakespeare's work and the season's productions; past topics have included stage combat, movement, and verse and speech.
Social Events! We regularly host Shakespeare-themed parties and other social events for club members. Past events include a party on Shakespeare's Birthday, a Diddy Riese night, a Masquerade Ball, season kickoff parties, and movie nights. Each spring break, the company also takes a field trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.
Board of Directors
Isabelle Smith is a junior majoring in theatre! She loves making theatre with wacky and creative people (especially those who are apart of the Shakespeare company at UCLA). Last year, she played Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew. Among her favorite achievements are having 7 wisdom teeth, writing a bizarre play about Harambe, and throwing a very successful tiny tennis party.
Anthony is so happy to be back for a third year with Shakespeare company, and his first year as Artistic Director of Classics! He is currently a third year Theater Major with an emphasis in acting. His favorite of The Bard’s plays? King Lear. (Because who doesn’t love daddy issues?) He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio but Pasadena, California is his home. He can’t wait for another year of workshops, shows, and good times, but mostly he just wants to talk to you about how there are only like three good movie adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays and how he’s mad about it.
Lucy is a 3nd year in UCLA’s theater program. She is super excited to be on board this year as the Executive Director and hopes to make sure everything runs smoothly so that the fun can begin. She is looking forward to a year full of performances, creativity, and a strong Shakes community. Previously through SCU, she has stage managed for Evening of Shakespeare and The Tempest and served last year as Production Manager. When she’s not stage managing, she likes to listen to records, sew, and hang with friends although most of her free time is taken up by improv :) Catch her on stage/zoom at the next UCLA Rapid Fire Improv show!
Lucy Urbano is honored to serve as the Education Director on this year’s board! She is an actor, playwright, and occasional puppeteer from Berkeley, CA who was last seen as Feste in Twelfth Night and heard as the Ace in I Build Giants with Shakespeare Co. She studied acting at Oakland School for the Arts, the Fontainebleau School of Acting, and is currently pursuing a BA in Theater with a specialization in Acting. She is also the co-founder of HIGHBALL Media, a multi media production collective. She is dedicated to uplifting the unheard voices of interracial families and mixed women such as herself through her stories
Sylvia is a third year theater major with concentrations in acting and directing. After working with Shakespeare Company since freshman year she’s pumped to now be on the board as Social Director for the first time this year! Sylvia's proudest moments in theater so far include her role as Cressida in TFT’s department productions of Troilus and Cressida, directing the Richard III radio play for Shakespeare company over zoom last Spring, and her debut role of Old Bitty Number 3 in her middle school production of Story the Westside Music man (yes, a mashup of of Westside Story and The Music Man).
Jake Goldfarb is a junior studying Theater with a specialization in Directing and Playwriting. Hailing from San Diego, Jake is thrilled to serve as the first Outreach Director for Shakespeare Company. His past productions include Evening of Shakespeare as a stage manager and as Sir William Catesby in Richard III. Fun Fact: He’s never seen the entire movie of High School Musical 1, 2, or 3.
Violet Morris is a third year Theater Major with an emphasis in Acting. This is her second year on the board and some of her favorite roles with SCU have been Lady Anne in Richard III and Third Witch in Macbeth. She is a sucker for Romeo and Juliet and watches the Baz Luhrman version often. Violet is from Fairfax, CA and secretly wants a pet snake.
Shakespeare wasn’t something Makela Yepez thought he would be interested in at the beginning of his theater career and now look at him; on the board of UCLA’s Shakespeare Company. Entering his 4th (and hopefully final) year in the School of Theater, focusing on directing and acting, Makela joins the Shakespeare Company as co-Media Manager alongside the brilliant Emma Luke. Starting theater in his last year of high-school, Makela has been in two Shakespeare productions alongside many other plays and musicals (Something he is very proud and excited about). From Hamlet to Hamilton, Makela hopes to dive into it all.
Media and Marketing Director
Emma Luke is the graphic and web designer for Shakespeare Co. this year! As a senior theater major, she is a part of the Directing Continuum and is also involved in stage management and lighting design. At the wee age of seven she was introduced to Shakespeare via A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and hasn’t stopped believing comedy is the superior form since. She’s the one to yell at if you think this website is ugly.
Graphic and Web Designer